06.04.–28.06.2024 / Opera

La travi­ata

Giuseppe Verdi
Thu 18.04.2024
Opernhaus Düsseldorf
19:30 - 22:00
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19:30 - 22:00
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19:30 - 22:00
Revival Opera
Gemischtes Abo G
19:30 - 22:00
Gemischtes Abo H
19:30 - 22:00
For the last time this season Opera
Gemischtes Abo I
The great opera classic about a love against time and all conventions.

Opera in three Acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after the novel "The Lady of the Camellias" by Alexandre Dumas (d.J.)
In Italian with German surtitles
approx. 2 ½ hours, one interval
For all from 14 upwards
Violetta Valéry is beautiful, clever, warm-hearted - and terminally ill. Her life as a noble courtesan is preordained. There is no room for private happiness, not even for her love for the young Alfredo Germont, who conquers her heart and wants to save her from the vicious circle of venal love into a carefree private sphere. There she meets her doom in the shape of Alfredo's father Giorgio Germont....

In their popular production, the successful director Andreas Homoki and his set designer Frank Philipp Schlößmann have made visible this mirror-smooth social parquet on which the title heroine experiences her triumphs and downfall.

In cooperation with Theater Bonn
Musikalische Leitung
Violetta Valéry
Flora Bervoix
Alfredo Germont
Giorgio Germont
Barone Douphol
Marchese d'Obigny
Dottore Grenvil
Ingmar Klusmann
Act One
Beautiful and fascinating Violetta is the focal point of smart Parisian society. Only few are aware that she is mortally ill. To celebrate a temporary improvement in her health she throws a party, at which she is introduced to a young man from the provinces. Alfredo Germont has already long since loved the famous courtesan from afar. His declaration of ardent passion for her leaves her confused. She is inclined to reject him, but offers him the prospect of another meeting.

Act Two
Scene I
Violetta has given up her social life In Paris and is living in the country with Alfredo. But happiness can be expensive. Discovering that Violetta is intending to sell up her entire property so as to finance their life together, Alfredo immediately departs for the city in search of money. Meanwhile, Violetta is visited by Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’ s father, who demands from her that they separate. Alfredo’ s association with a woman of Violetta’ s reputation is ruining the social standing of the Germonts, and the impending marriage of his daughter, Alfredo’ s own sister, is in danger. Aware of having no rights or resources, Violetta prepares a letter of farewell for Alfredo. On his return, after a brief declaration of love, she tells him that she must go to Paris. On reading her letter Alfredo realizes the implication of this. His father endeavours in vain to persuade him to come home to Provence. Alfredo departs headlong for Paris.

Scene II
At a party of the courtesan Flora Bervoix, Violetta und Alfredo meet again. She is escorted by her former lover Baron Douphol. Unwilling to be ignored, Alfredo resorts to reckless gambling, and is then offensive to Violetta and her swain: on her imploration that he should leave the party, he throws his winnings in her face in front of everyone, declaring them to be his “payment” for their months together. The assembled guests are indignant and Douphol challenges Alfredo to a duel. Even at this juncture Violetta says nothing to explain the situation.

Act Three
Violetta is seriously ill. The doctor cannot conceal from her that she only has a short time to live. A letter from Germont père informs her that Alfredo is returning; he has learned the true reason for her leaving for Paris. Violetta has hardly any life strength left. Alfredo arrives and begs forgiveness, and for a moment the two of them dream of a happy end far from Paris. But it is too late. Violetta’s only comfort is that she did not have to die alone.

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